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Brock Lesnar betting underdog against Mark Hunt after enjoying brief moment as favorite
While former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) enjoyed a brief installation as the oddsmakers’ favorite in his UFC 200 match with Mark Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC), that quickly changed. Curacao-based gaming site Pinnacle initially opened Lesnar at -200, implying a win probability of 67 percent. Hunt was opened at +176, implying a 36 percent chance of victory for “The Super Samoan.”
Submitted Jun 7, 2016 10:55PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
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UFC's Ricardo Lamas still in the hospital after splitting shin open
UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas has been shuttled through two hospitals and remains hospitalized after his pay-per-view main card bout with Max Holloway at this past Saturday’s UFC 199. Lamas split his shin open during the bout, which he lost via decision, and was admitted to the emergency room after being given antibiotics for an infection that swelled his leg during his flight home to Chicago.
Submitted Jun 7, 2016 10:50PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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Brock Lesnar granted waiver from four-month drug testing requirement
The UFC Anti-Doping Policy requires fighters who are coming out of retirement, such as former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, to notify the promotion in writing four months in advance of an intended return to competition, and to make themselves available for random testing for four months. Lesnar on Friday agreed to terms and signed his bout agreement to fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. He entered into the testing pool on Monday. He thus would not be able to fight, though the clause also covers situations such as Lesnar.
Submitted Jun 7, 2016 10:23PM by kopower - 7 comments
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Nordine Taleb injured, UFC seeks opponent for Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 90
UFC officials are in need of a welterweight opponent to step up on short notice to face Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 90. MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that injury has forced Nordine Taleb (12-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) to withdraw from the July 7 event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. A replacement foe is now being sought on one month’s notice. The UFC Fight Night 90 lineup now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez – for lightweight title Derrick Lewis vs. Roy Nelson Alan Jouban vs. TBA Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy Alberto Mina vs. Mike Pyle Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski Marco Beltran vs. Reginaldo Vieira Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque Russell Doane vs. Pedro Munhoz Felipe Arantes vs. Jerrod Sanders
Submitted Jun 7, 2016 8:21PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Peter Sobotta vs. Nicolas Dalby slated for UFC Fight Night in Hamburg
A welterweight bout between Peter Sobotta (15-5-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and Nicolas Dalby (14-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) has joined the lineup for September’s UFC Fight Night in Germany. UFC officials today announced the bout. The latest UFC Fight Night in Hamburg lineup now includes: Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson Jessin Ayari vs. Emil Meek Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta
Submitted Jun 7, 2016 11:34AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Fresh off Palhares victory, Emil Weber Meek booked for UFC Fight Night in Hamburg
A notable victory against a familiar name has earned Emil Weber Meek a spot on the UFC roster and a slot on an upcoming card. Meek (8-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who recently scored a 45-second knockout victory over UFC vet/former WSOF champ Rousimar Palhares at Venator FC 3, has signed with the organization and now meets fellow newcomer Jessin Ayari (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night in Hamburg. UFC officials today announced the bout. The latest UFC Fight Night in Hamburg lineup now includes: Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson Jessin Ayari vs. Emil Weber Meek
Submitted Jun 7, 2016 11:33AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Rose Namajunas meets undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201 in Atlanta
A strawweight bout between Rose Namajunas (5-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Karolina Kowalkiewicz (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is the latest addition to July’s UFC 201 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout. UFC 201 takes place July 30 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The event airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized. The latest UFC 201 card now includes: Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley – for welterweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis – for flyweight title Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Claudio Silva Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas
Submitted Jun 7, 2016 1:35AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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UFC Restores Ariel Helwani's Credentials
MMAFighting.com reporter Ariel Helwani and his colleagues Casey Leydon and Esther Lin, who were thrown out of UFC 199 on Saturday night and banned for life after Helwani (accurately) reported that Brock Lesnar was in talks to fight at UFC 200 next month, appear to have had their credentials restored by UFC this evening. UFC released the following statement: Following a conversation with the editorial team at SB Nation, UFC will not prevent MMAFighting.com from receiving media credentials to cover live UFC events. We respect the role the media plays in our sport and beyond, including MMAFighting’s ability to report news. However, in our opinion, we believe the recurring tactics used by its lead reporter extended beyond the purpose of journalism. We feel confident our position has now been adequately communicated to the SB Nation editorial team.
Submitted Jun 6, 2016 11:23PM by kopower - 10 comments
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Ariel Helwani discusses his UFC banning
Obviously upset, Ariel didn't want to do interviews about the ban, but thought it was bigger than him and he needed to talk about it. Ariel was very hesitant about wanting to join Fox. Said pre-fox deal he was in talks with Fuel for a tv program, while UFC was in talks with NBC and Comcast at the time. Decided against doing it. Ariel says the only reason he was given for his release was that he reported the Brock Lesnar info before the UFC broke the news. Ariel also spoke about Dana and the UFC being upset with his Nate Diaz interview, which he thought was great. Evidently during the interview with Nate he was getting calls from a '702' area code that was Dana's number and didn't know if he should pick up in the middle of the interview.
Submitted Jun 6, 2016 3:55PM by State_Champ - 10 comments
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Fox Sports 1 to air CM Puck reality show in build up to late summer early fall UFC debut
Dave Meltzer on The Wrestling Observer Radio shared some details on former WWE Superstar CM Punk and his long-awaited MMA debut in the UFC. According to Meltzer, FOX Sports 1 is planning a reality TV series for Punk and his planned opponent, Mickey Gall. The show is going to reportedly debut in August, and CM Punk’s fight with Gall is expected to happen in the late summer period. The UFC has not yet officially announced Pun k’s debut.
Submitted Jun 6, 2016 1:08PM by GDPofMPG - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
Brock Lesnar meets Mark Hunt in UFC 200's pay-per-view co-headliner
Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is back in the UFC and slated for a milestone UFC event, and he now has an opponent: Mark Hunt. ESPN’s “SportsCenter” today reported that Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and heavy-handed Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) are set for July’s UFC 200’s co-main event. The latest UFC 200 card includes: Champ Daniel Cormier vs. interim champ Jon Jones – light-heavyweight title-unification bout Mark Hunt vs. Brock Lesnar Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar – for interim featherweight title Champ Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes – for women’s bantamweight title Travis Browne vs. Cain Velasquez Kelvin Gastelum vs. Johny Hendricks Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez Enrique Marin vs. Sage Northcutt Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller Julianna Pena vs. Cat Zingano Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Submitted Jun 6, 2016 10:42AM by Budgellism - 39 comments
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MMA Fighting's statement on UFC's media actions Saturday night
MMA Fighting reporter and host Ariel Helwani was removed from UFC 199, along with MMA Fighting photo journalist Esther Lin and MMA Fighting videographer Casey Leydon, after Ariel accurately broke the news of Brock Lesnar's return to the UFC and the forthcoming Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor rematch. MMA Fighting and SB Nation fully support Ariel, Casey, Esther and the entire MMA Fighting staff. And we appreciate the support we have received from the MMA Fighting audience and community. The UFC has not been in contact with us since revoking the credentials of Ariel, Esther and Casey. But we will keep you, our audience, informed of the situation. Ariel will address what occurred at UFC 199 on tomorrow's MMA Hour. The show begins at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Kevin Lockland is the VP of Editorial Operations at SB Nation. Bryan Tucker is the managing editor of MMA Fighting.
Submitted Jun 5, 2016 11:11PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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With UFC 199, a great night was spoiled by a petty media banning
What a time to be a fight fan, I found myself thinking as Bisping stood there in the octagon, patting that gold belt like he couldn’t believe it was real. If only the night’s news had ended there. But see, the thing that spoiled the evening for me was when I looked on Twitter and saw a missive from Ariel Helwani (via Twitter), the MMAFighting.com reporter who broke the news that Lesnar was in talks to return to the cage shortly before the UFC 200 promo confirmed it. According to Helwani, not long after he reported that scoop UFC staff escorted him out of the building, relieved him of his media credential, and – again, according to Helwani’s characterization of events – told he was “banned for life”
Submitted Jun 5, 2016 1:52PM by GDPofMPG - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Michael Bisping becomes Britain's first UFC champion
Michael Bisping dethroned Luke Rockhold, despite only 17 days' notice, to become Britain's first UFC champion at UFC 199. The middleweight was elated at a revenge KO win after Rockhold had submitted him less than two years ago.
Submitted Jun 5, 2016 3:25AM by dbflex - 18 comments
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Rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor set for UFC 202
It’s been scheduled, cancelled, talked about endlessly and now it’s done. The rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor is officially set for UFC 202. The UFC announced the match-up during the pay-per-view broadcast for UFC 199. The event will take place August 20 from a venue to be determined. The main card will air on pay-per-view.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 11:44PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
MMA legend Don Frye set for induction into UFC Hall of Fame
MMA legend Don Frye is the newest member of the UFC Hall of Fame. UFC officials today announced that Frye (20-9-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame as part of this summer’s International Fight Week festivities along with heavyweight legend Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and UFC co-founder Bob Meyrowitz.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 11:43PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Brock Lesnar close to finalizing deal to fight at UFC 200
Here comes the pain. Again? The UFC is in serious talks with former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar to have him fight at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas, multiple sources confirmed with MMA Fighting. Both sides are close to finalizing a deal, and if all goes well, Lesnar's return to mixed martial arts could be announced imminently.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 8:36PM by kopower - 25 comments
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UFC opening odds: Lawler a 3-1 favorite over Woodley, 'Mighty Mouse' 17-1 over Reis
The opening odds are set for a number of upcoming UFC headliners and co-headliners, and the champs are comfortable favorites. The events stretch from UFC Fight Night 91 on July 7 to UFC 203 on Sept. 10. The odds, courtesy of Nick Kalikas at mmaoddsbreaker.com, include a pair of title fights at UFC 201 on July 30.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 1:25PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 199 pre-fight facts: Inside the numbers for a pair of title-fight rematches in SoCal
The UFC’s second pay-per-view event in a 21-day period takes place Saturday with UFC 199 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. In the main event, middleweight titleholder Luke Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) goes for his first title defense when he takes on Michael Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC). The co-headliner features a rare championship trilogy contest when longtime rivals Dominick Cruz (21-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Urijah Faber (33-8 MMA, 9-4 UFC) look to settle their differences once and for all with the bantamweight belt up for grabs. While two title fights would ordinarily be enough to carry a card, the organization has stacked the deck with several other bouts of significance. For more on the numbers behind all those matchups, check out 80 pre-fight facts about UFC 199...
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 12:49PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Michael Bisping: ‘A lot of the UFC roster' are ‘posers' -- ‘I'm a real fighter'
As they have been all week, tensions were high between UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping at Friday's UFC 199 weigh-ins. After both fighters successfully tipped the scales at the 185-pound middleweight limit, Bisping kicked off the customary staredown with a playful jab to Rockhold's stomach. From there the expletives flew as UFC president Dana White tried valiantly to keep the two rivals separated ahead of their rematch on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 199.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 12:11PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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